Innovative, interactive, inspiring - KI.Fabrik debuts very successfully at automatica

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Panel discussion with Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger
Panel discussion with Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger Image: Elke Neureuther/StMWi
Technology tour through automatica
Technology tour through automatica Image: Elke Neureuther/StMWi

Last year in June, the KI.Fabrik project celebrated its launch together with high-ranking representatives from politics, science and industry. One year later, selected project partners very successfully presented themselves with eight demos to a broad national and international trade audience for four days at automatica, the world's leading trade fair for automation and robotics. In partially interactive demos, visitors were able to experience first-hand AI-supported multi-robot cooperation, teleoperation (operating a robot over a long distance), collective learning of multiple robots for accelerated task execution, impedance-based control of robot forces, and human motion detection for transmission to mechanical colleagues. Among the most prominent visitors to the exhibition area organized by the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) were Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder, as well as Markus Blume, Minister of Science and the Arts, and Minister Hubert Aiwanger, State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. The latter took part in the panel discussion "AI.Fabrik - guarantor for secure jobs and sustainable value chains", which was moderated by Prof. Birgit Vogel-Heuser. Together with Carolin Richter (BMW), Peter Krumbholz (Linde Material Handling) and Prof. Klaus Bengler (TUM), the minister discussed topics such as technology leadership and AI in the workplace, among others, in front of a broad audience and was then still guided - visibly impressed - to selected booths. The general opinion was that the appropriate technologies are crucial for the strategic use of human technology cooperation in crafts, production and logistics against the backdrop of demographic change.